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Become a Hospital Volunteer

At St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, volunteers are an important part of the special care given to our young patients and their families. St. Christopher's draws volunteers from all areas of life; many are professionals, retirees, married couples or students. Some give a few hours a week of their valuable time and others volunteer several days a week. Volunteers may select the work setting they desire: some may work directly with patients, while others may volunteer in a service department that supports patient care.

Volunteer Opportunities

You may choose to volunteer directly with children or behind the scenes in the following areas and programs:

  • Admissions
  • Art Cart
  • Asthma Education
  • Ambassador (Greeter)
  • Beverage Cart
  • Caring Clowns
  • Caring Through Reading
  • Child Life Services
  • Cuddling Program
  • Elementary Education Teaching Assistants
  • Emergency Services
  • Environmental Services
  • Farm to Family
  • Food and Nutrition Services
  • Guest Services
  • Maintenance Department
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Materials Management
  • Medical Records
  • Occupational/Physical Therapy
  • Orthopedics
  • Pastoral Care Program
  • Pathology/Histology
  • Pet Therapy Program
  • Reach Out and Read
  • Storytelling

This is a partial listing; additional opportunities will be discussed during the interview process.

Volunteer Requirements

Volunteer positions are available for weekdays, evening and weekends. To work as a volunteer at St. Christopher's, you must:

  • Be at least 15 years old
  • Complete an application and interview
  • Provide documentation of immunization records to include: Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella (Chickenpox), Hepatitis B, Tdap (Tetanus-Diphtheria), proof of completion of 2 PPD's (Tuberculosis) during the past 12 months or QuantiFeron Gold, and Influenza Vaccine during the Flu season (September through April)
  • Agree to a criminal background check, child abuse check, FBI fingerprinting, and drug screening
  • Contribute a minimum of four hours per week (for most programs)
  • Provide references
  • Complete our Volunteer Orientation Program
  • Complete Child Life Orientation (if interested in Child Life must complete Child Life Orientation)

For additional requirements please refer to the information sheets below:

Volunteer Applications

Traditional Volunteer Application Packet

Shadowing Application Packet

Pet Therapy Volunteer Program

Please send completed volunteer application forms to:

Email:  (Please put your name and "Volunteer Application" in the subject line.)

Mail: Volunteer Department
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

160 East Erie Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19134-1095 


Please call us at (215) 427-5398.

Non-Traditional Volunteer

Non-traditional volunteers include individuals seeking an opportunity to complete a practicum, internship, observership or research.  Non-traditional volunteer applicants are processed through the Human Resources Department.  You can contact Human Resources at (215) 427-4671 for additional information on the onboarding process.

Learn more about our Volunteer Progam by watching the following video:

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